Predictive Attrition Program

Invisible Networks New Ways of Seeing [BBC] How is technology changing the way we see? The artist James Bridle reimagines John Berger’s Ways of Seeing for the digital age and reveals the internet’s hidden infrastructure.

Data Reasoning in a Digital World . Syllabus

DISCRIMINATING SYSTEMS Gender, Race, and Power in AI (pdf) [ainow] There is a diversity crisis in the AI sector across gender and race. Recent studies found only 18% of authors at leading AI conferences are women,i and more than 80% of AI professors are men.ii This disparity is extreme in the AI industry:iii women comprise only 15% of AI research staff at Facebook and 10% at Google. There is no public data on trans workers or other gender minorities. For black workers, the picture is even worse. For example, only 2.5% of Google’s workforce is black, while Facebook and Microsoft are each at 4%. Given decades of concern and investment to redress this imbalance, the current state of the field is alarming.

IBM Says It Now Has a Patent on a ‘Secret’ Way to Predict When Employees Will Quit, and It’s 95… [wsj] I bring all this up because of IBM, which says that, using artificial intelligence, it can predict with 95 percent accuracy whether its employees will quit. The company’s HR division has a patent on a “predictive attrition program,”

TED talk journalist Carole Cadwalladr digs into one of the most perplexing events in recent times: the UK’s super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Tracking the result to a barrage of misleading Facebook ads targeted at vulnerable Brexit swing voters — and linking the same players and tactics to the 2016 US presidential election — Cadwalladr calls out the “gods of Silicon Valley” for being on the wrong side of history and asks: Are free and fair elections a thing of the past?

Craigslist Founder Funds Security Toolkit for Journalists, Elections [darkreading] The toolkits, which will be developed by the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), are intended to “protect journalists and media outlets from cyber-attacks that are designed to either manipulate public opinion or expose sources, 

Man, Woman, and Robot in Ian McEwan’s New Novel [newyorker]  This is a future where “carbon-silicon hybrids” enjoy full civil rights, and the question is taboo. But the narrator, thrilled and terrified by the prospect of committing to an entity who cogitates “a million times faster” than he can imagine, can’t help but pose “the indelicate question.” Existential anxiety and erotic frisson converge in a single doubt: Robots—can we stand up to their scrutiny?

IGTV, Instagram’s not betting on an algorithm. Its (literal) money is on old-fashioned talent scouting. [verge]

Think tanks funded by Silicon Valley are working on Capitol Hill to overturn California’s landmark online privacy law  [intercept] its the legislative moves that signal true intent – all the FB privacy statements are laugable in light of this.  Same for the others.

The secret shame of the magazine hoarder [FT] Maybe the answer is simpler. To reduce the guilt, I will buy a cabin in the countryside to fill to the gills with magazines I definitely will, I swear, read. One day.

@Jack Ted Talk – SMH

Twitter account for /PrivacyProject : The New York Times Opinion Section is launching an ongoing examination of privacy.

Communities at risk: How encroaching surveillance is putting a squeeze on activists [privacyinternational]

Big News for People Who Spend Hours Staring at Maps on Planes  [wsj] The next generation of in-flight trackers will offer a much higher level of detail, taking fliers in a new, more commercial, direction. (the ratio of adverts to maps makes them completely unwatchable – i clocked 15 seconds out of minute to be maps on a recent flight – unwatchable  -ed)

Samples for “Unsupervised Singing Voice Conversion” [github]